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Old 09-27-2015, 12:27 PM   #1
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Towing again

I tow a 2008 civic on an acme dolly, no issues. My friend and neighbor flat tows a 2007 civic despite Hondas no flat towing direction to in the manual. He has over 100K towing miles with no issues. I know that a CVT tranny can not be flat towed at all.

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1 Is anyone else flat towing a civic?
2 I have seen people flat towing a Honda ridgeline which is a full time 4 wheel drive but again Honda says not to flat or dolly tow. Do you do it or do you know of anyone doing it? I have a Pilot and a ridgeline (same drive train) and would like to flat tow one of them

I would love any information you may have

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Old 09-27-2015, 12:43 PM   #2
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Can not help you with any imperical data. However if your friend has had success it is possible you will as well. Just have to be prepared if it does not work. I imagine the repair bill could be considerable.
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I flat tow a 2001 civic. Its a lot older than yours and I believe Honda says its OK to tow the 2001 it as long as I got through the pre-tow preparation sequence
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Three answers.. Plus some comments.

Many companies the manual may have some "CYA" statements in it.. I'm not saying this is the case. only that it is possible. (Answer 1)

Some cars can be towe if modified,, My Dodge NEON for example can not be towed per the manual.. but after modification it can.. it is modified. There are basically 3 mods (Google Remco Towing and click on the store link).

3: some folks get lucky.. Others burn up a tranny.

Now the comments:
Some transmissions epically modern ones the tail shaft can drive a pump to circulate tranny fulid to prevent burn out, Or the engaged gears can "Splash oil" like a stick shift does.

others only the input shaft drives the fluid around the loop. those can not be towed w/o modification.
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